A top of the table clash between the Squirrels and Cavaliers & Carrington at the first XI’s new home at Esher Grove saw a game pretty much wrecked by showers. With over an hour lost to rain, league rules dictated that the game finish at 7.30 thereby giving Attenborough almost no chance of winning from a significantly reduced number of overs. The match was therefore deemed to be abandoned as a draw.
Steve Allcoat won the toss and put Cavaliers in to bat and they were soon reduced to 43 for 4 as Dom Harvey claimed a brace, Andy Simkiss picked one up with his first ball and the unlucky Ben Kitt claimed the other. With the game on a knife edge it fell to Bilal Shafayat (66) and Shiv Thakor (123*) to rescue the home side from a potential disaster with a stand of 164. With 120 runs runs coming off the last 10 overs Cavaliers finished on a daunting, but not impossible, score of 265 for 6 wickets with Dom Harvey picking up four.
However, the rain came early in the reply which effectively meant Attenborough’s best chance of gaining the most possible points, particularly on a wicket keeping progressively lower, was to simply bat out the game. After some watchful and very determined batting they finished on 69 for 2 from 32 overs.
So a relatively short report for a long day at the office (shed) that saw Attenborough retain their position at the top of the league on the same points as Cavaliers. Of course a win would have been great but as traditional fare for the cricket purist, where occupying the crease is of considerable merit, it was an excellent game that saw the Squirrels survive – Viva las ardillas!
Next up another tough away game at fourth placed Farnsfield who are also unbeaten thus far.